11 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You’ll Ever Read

It’s not as if you need an excuse to spend time with a novel that grabs you and won’t let go. So pick up one of these books that are hard to put down, and stay inside!

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Girl on the Train is a page turner from the very beginning, but it picks up momentum in the second half like you would not believe! I finished it in math class (probably not a wise choice, but I could not put it down) and risked an F for the day just to get through the last few chapters. It kept me on my toes (and audibly gasping) all the way through!
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2. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Christine Lucas suffers from anterograde amnesia, a disease that causes her to lose all her memories after she goes to bed. She wakes up every morning not recognizing the bedroom she is in, or the man sleeping beside her (whom afterwards claims to be her husband, Ben). Everyday, she also receives a phone call from a doctor who has been helping her without her husband’s knowledge, and reminds her about a personal diary she has been hiding. She flips over the cover and sees three words written in her own handwriting: “Don’t trust Ben.”
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3. Bird Boxby Josh Malerman

An unknown creature is stalking the survivors of an apocalyptic attack. One glimpse of it is enough to drive a person to violent, fatal madness. Now Malorie and her two small children must make their way to safety down the river in a small boat — blindfolded, with only their ears to guide them. They can’t see what’s coming and, for me, that was enough to ramp up the suspense to create a tense, unsettling read.
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  1. I’ve only read two of these: And Then There Were None (Dame Agatha) and Girl on the Train. Anything by Christie deserves to be on this list, but although I enjoyed Girl on the Train I didn’t find it all that suspenseful. The other books on this list sound interesting, but I wouldn’t judge their level of suspense by their existence on this list. The King novel, I would figure should be on the top of the list… he never fails to frighten.

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